Whether it's for a goalie or a skater, hockey gear serves its main purpose of protecting the player game in and game out. The required gear --- shoulder pads, helmets, trousers, gloves and skates, among other odds and ends --- have a tendency to absorb a player's sweat. Over time, damp gear can lead not only to the infamous "hockey smell" but will mildew and ruin the equipment. Enter the need for a homemade drying rack.
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Things you need
- 2-inch dowel rod, 5 feet long
- Tape measure
- ¼-inch wooden board, 28 inches long
- 2 1/4-inch wood blocks
- 3 dowel rods, ½ inch diameter
- Electric drill or screwdriver
- Wood glue
- Metal L brackets
- ½-inch drill bit
- Paint, stain or clear coat
Measure and mark 1 foot on one of the 2 foot 2-by-4s and saw the board in half to make two equal 1-foot pieces. Lay the other 2-by-4 out flat and set each 1-foot piece on either side of the 2-foot piece to form an "X" shape. Lay the 28-inch board over the part of the X that is formed with the 1-foot pieces; screw it down to connect all of the components together.
Glue each ¼-inch wood block onto the two other ends of the X. This will form the base of the rack and provide a solid and stable floor base. Flip the base over and measure and mark the exact centre of the X. Drill a 2-inch hole directly in the centre.
Apply a generous amount of wood glue to the end of the long dowel rod and insert this end into the hole. Allow the glue about 30 minutes to dry. Screw L brackets into all four sides of the rod at the base/rod joint to create additional stability.
Measure 1 foot up from the base on the dowel rod and mark this location. Measure up another foot from this position and mark, and measure up from this point and mark a third location. Outfit the drill with a ½-inch bit and drill holes completely through the dowel rod in the locations you marked.
Insert each ½-dowel rod through each hole you just drilled. Apply dabs of wood glue around the joints between the smaller rods and the larger one to add strength. Allow the glue to dry before staining, painting or applying clear coat. If desired, label each point on the dowel rod with a marker: "skates" on the bottom rod, "gloves" on the middle, "shoulder" and "pants" on either side of the top and, finally, "helmet" on the very top of the dowel rod.
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